Update: Leopoldo Arrested for Methamphetamine
UFC veteran Kimo Leopoldo
was arrested on Monday for two felony charges of possession of a
controlled substance and possession of stolen property, and a
misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, according
to Sgt. Jon Cartwright of the Tustin Police Dept. in Tustin, Calif.
The stolen property was identified as a police uniform.
TMZ.com was the first to report the story on Monday.
Leopoldo was apprehended without incident in a strip mall parking
lot in Tustin by two plain-clothes officers patrolling the
"He was wearing a Long Beach jumpsuit uniform similar to what they
use in raids and stuff like that," said Professional Standards
Officer Sgt. Jeff Blair. "It had patches on the shoulders. It had a
badge in the front and the word ‘Police' across the back, except he
was wearing flip-flops and playing with a yo-yo. The undercover
officers felt that was strange activity because we didn't have any
notification of any outside police activity in the city."
Blair said Leopoldo did not try to identify himself as a police
officer and gave conflicting information regarding how he had
gotten the uniform. A search of the car, which was not owned by
Leopoldo, produced a backpack containing a glass pipe "commonly
used to smoke methamphetamine" and a baggie containing "a small
amount" of the drug.
Leopoldo was held on $20,000 bail at the Intake/Release Center in
Orange County, Calif., and later released.
Leopoldo was later charged with a misdemeanor for possession of
marijuana, which was also found in the vehicle, according to Orange
County District Attorney spokesman Farrah Emami. Leopoldo was not
charged with possession of methamphetamine, as it could not be
proven that the drug belonged to the fighter, Emami told
Sherdog.com on May 7. Leopoldo was also charged with two
misdemeanors for “petty theft of lost property” and “possession of
controlled substance paraphernalia,” according to court
Entering the arena carrying a wooden cross on his back, Leopoldo
(10-7-1) made an indelible impression on fans in his MMA debut
against Royce Gracie
at UFC 3 in September 1994. Gracie submitted Leopoldo with an
armbar in 4:40, but was put through his paces by the tough,
ponytailed Hawaiian and forced to withdraw from the remainder of
The performance launched the tattooed-covered fighter’s up-and-down
career in the sport, which was highlighted by victories over
Japanese legend Kazushi
Sakuraba in 1996 and David "Tank" Abbott at UFC 43 in 2003.
Leopoldo holds losses to Ken Shamrock
Kohsaka, and Ikuhisa
In his last bout, Leopoldo was stopped by Wes Sims
(20-11-1, 2 NC) in 3:21 at an Extreme Wars event in October 2006 in
The 41-year-old fighter is no stranger to drugs.
Leopoldo was suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for
six months in 2004 after he admitted to taking the anabolic steroid
stanozolol, as well as the stimulants phenylpropanolamine,
ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. Leopoldo subsequently failed a
pre-fight steroids test administered by the California State
Athletic Commission in 2006, prior to a proposed bout against
Rutten in the World Fighting Alliance.
Leopoldo’s arrest won’t bode well in his bid to become the new
Executive Officer of the CSAC, a position that was vacated by
Armando Garcia last November.
In his application letter to the Dept. of Consumer Affairs in
January, Leopoldo warned about the dangers of drug use.
“I can honestly tell any fighter that tries to use steroids or any
other illegal substance that those substances are more of a crutch
that will harm their ability to succeed in the industry than an
asset that will assist them in moving forward in the industry,”
This article was revised according to the following
Correction: May 13, 2009
In a Feb. 17, 2009, article titled "Update: Leopoldo Arrested for
Methamphetamine," Sherdog reported that UFC veteran Kimo Leopoldo
had been arrested "for two felony charges of possession of a
controlled substance and possession of stolen property." The
article stated that "Leopoldo tested positive for methamphetamine
at the Tustin Police Department station" and that "a search of the
fighter's car" produced "a baggie containing 'a small amount' of
the drug." Sherdog's reporting on the matter was based upon a
diligent and thorough investigation consistent with the highest
journalistic standards, and the referenced information was obtained
directly from police sources named in the story. However, Sherdog
has since been advised that the information provided to Sherdog by
those sources may have been erroneous. Sherdog is now informed that
Leopoldo did not test positive for methamphetamine. Sherdog is also
now informed that although methamphetamine was found in the car,
Leopoldo was not the owner of the vehicle. Accordingly, Leopoldo
has been charged only with possession of marijuana.
Update: Feb. 17, 2009
This article was updated at 11:35 a.m. EST with additional
information regarding Leopoldo's arrest.
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